Middle East studies in the News
Cal's Free Expression Defense Doesn't Hold Up [incl. Hatem Bazian]
by Julia Lutch
"While condemning the tweets, Cal spokesperson Dan Mogulof told J.that [Hatem] Bazian expressed those views on his personal Twitter page and that the university would not interfere with free expression." Hmmm. Actually, Cal interferes with free expression on a regular basis ("Jewish groups at UC Berkeley urge action against lecturer and SJP founder Bazian," Dec. 1).
Milo Yiannopoulos via Facebook: "I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I'll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down."
The restrictions that led to cancellation of a speech by Ann Coulter, supposedly over "safety" concerns, demonstrate clearly that the threat of violence is effective and that the Berkeley campus privileges one set of views over others.
Both Oberlin and the University of Tampa have fired nontenured faculty who promote hate on social media. Bazian has spread anti-Semitic hatred for a long time. The cover of "personal free expression" allows Cal to avoid bad PR that would result from "protests" by certain campus groups, whose violence the administration has functionally turned a blind eye to, ensuring that Bazian can continue to inject poison into taxpayer-funded education.
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